Quest for a Culture of Life in America with Steve Koob

Steve Koob, founder and executive director of One More Soul, hosts a weekly program in which he interviews some of the people making a significant contribution to the Culture of Life. The hope and prayer is that Radio Maria listeners will be inspired by these guests, and will find ways that they too can foster a Culture of Life in their community, Church, and family.

June 10, 2014 – Robert Muckle

Robert Muckle is one of those long-time Pro-Life warriors that will be in the battle until we win or he goes to heaven. He has served CT Right to Life Corp for almost 40 years, holding offices and organizing the annual Waterbury bus to the March for Life all of that time.

Connecticut has played an important role in the effort to keep contraception illegal and thus slowing the march toward legalized abortion. Eventually it was the legal tangles in CT over their Comstock Laws that paved the way for Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. It seems ironic that efforts to prevent contraceptive access would eventually provide the “privacy” legal arguments that would lead to the legalization of abortion on demand throughout the US.

On June 21st Waterbury Catholics (and hopefully others) will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of closing the Waterbury Birth Control Clinic on June 19th, 1939. How will they celebrate? What does this celebration portend for the future of the Catholic Church in America? Has America’s culture of death reached its zenith?

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June 03, 2014 – Dan McConchie

Americans United for Life (AUL) develops and particularizes pro-life state legislation that protects women and their children as much as possible. AUL attorneys are very creative and finding new arguments that reduce the abortion industry in America, and to some degree around the world.

As AUL’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Dan McConchie leads these efforts with great passion and conviction. He was quoted in a recent interview, “Rubio Is Right: Life Does Begin At Conception,” and “It is an undisputed fact that a new human life begins when a sperm fertilizes an egg. Every single embryology textbook says the same thing, and has done so for over 100 years. Despite the left’s wishes to the contrary, this isn’t going to change any time soon, precisely because the science is settled.”

Dan’s compassion is contagious to the point that state legislatures compete for AUL ranking as the most pro-life state. If a state losses a notch in the AUL rankings, the legislators are on Dan’s door-step asking what they need to do to reestablish (or surpass) their prior ranking. Ohio just makes the top third at number 17.

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May 27, 2014 – Father Habiger

Father Habiger is a Benedictine priest in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas. Since 2003 he has been a full-time member of NFP Outreach where his focus is primarily upon promoting God’s Plan for Marriage and Spousal Love, which includes counter acting the contraceptive and sterilization culture. He does this through parish missions, NFP parish weekends, Theology of the Body seminars, and consultations with priests and bishops during “clergy days”. Father Matthew has his PhD in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of America. He is very well qualified to address the challenging topic of “conscience”.

If you want to do some homework for today’s program, you can read about conscience in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) beginning with: http://www.usccb.org

1776 “Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment…. For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God…. His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.”

For many people–and clergy are no exception, conscience poses a difficult subject. The CCC says that we must obey our conscience. BUT, we must have a “well-formed” conscience (CCC, 1783), or we will be led astray by the evil one as a consequence of Original Sin.

Conscience poses a very serious challenge for many Catholics in their discernment about sexual morality, particularly in addressing contraception, sterilization, artificial reproductive technologies, and Natural Family Planning.

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May 20, 2014 – Bishop Morlino

I am very excited to be having Bishop Morlino as our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” this week. Bishop Morlino is only the 4th bishop of Madison, it being a fairly young (68 years) diocese comprising 11 counties in SW Wisconsin.

Bishop Morlino has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Philosophy, and a doctorate in Moral Theology with specialization in fundamental moral theology and bioethics. His education and training have been steeped in the Jesuit tradition which often means a life-time in academia. Since 2005, Bishop Morlino has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) which conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences.

As a Jesuit Bishop Morlino has a special kinship with Pope Francis. As you may already know, Pope Francis has called an Extra Ordinary Synod on the family for October 2014 to address the many challenges families face today, and how the Church can better respond to those challenges. The Diocese of Madison has taken the Pope’s questions from the Synod Preparatory Document very seriously by seeking answers to these questions from a great variety of Catholics.

Bishop Morlino is very grateful to God for having 32 seminarians, which is outstanding for a diocese of 277,000 Catholics and 139 parishes.

I really enjoy interviewing bishops. I am always in awe of their position as Vicar of Christ for their dioceses and all the responsibilities that a bishop carries.

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May 13, 2014 – Damon Owens

The recent canonization of Saint John Paul II has drawn new attention to his “Theology of the Body” and its impact on the Culture of Life. His biographer, George Weigel has said that TotB will impact every teaching of the Creed and it will take decades to fully comprehend its influence on the faith and the faithful.

Damon Owens left an impressive career in the business arena to devote his life to full-time work in marriage and family ministry. He has served as Natural Family Planning and Marriage Preparation Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Newark, founded two non-profit organizations (New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association and Joy-Filled Marriage New Jersey), and led initiatives for various pro-life and pro-family organizations such as the New Jersey Catholic Bishops Conference, The Children First Foundation, and Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.), the largest African-American, pro-life ministry in the country. Damon is a certified speaker and has been lecturing for the Theology of the Body Institute since 2005. In December of 2011, Damon was named the Executive Director of the Theology of the Body Institute. He and his wife, Melanie, have been married for 18 years and have eight children.

Many of our listeners are familiar with the Theology of the Body because of Christopher West’s presentations that have popularized TotB throughout the USA and in dozens of other countries in the short span of 10 years.

Owen will give us a brief summary of the Theology of the Body, the work of the Theology of the Body Institute founded by Christopher West, and this summer’s International Theology of the Body Congress in Philadelphia.

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May 06, 2014 – Teacher Dorothy Duganzic, & Fr Peter Pomposello

I’m not an authority on chastity and “abstinence” education programs, but I’m pretty sure that for many (most?), FEAR is the prime motivator–fear of pregnancy, disease, and emotional trauma. Teen STAR is unique in emphasizing the beauty and blessing and purpose of human sexuality. Teen STAR treats young men and women with the dignity and reverence appropriate to their age by teaching them about their bodies and how God intends for their bodies to be treated and cared for.

As Fertility Educator Emily Sederstrand says, “When you teach a woman [anyone, really] how her body works, you are teaching her about her creator”. I say, “Learning about your Creator is THE most important purpose/value of Teen STAR”.

Teen STAR was developed by internationally renowned Dr Hanna Klaus, Ob/Gyn, NFP teacher and advocate for the Billings Ovulation Method. Dr Klaus spent 7 very busy years as a Medical Mission Sister in Pakistan. In 1980, she developed the Teen STAR Program that is now popular in over 30 countries primarily in Europe, Africa and South America.

Joining us will be Teen STAR Teacher Dorothy Duganzic, and Fr Peter Pomposello-pastor of Holy Cross Parish in the Bronx where Dorothy has been teaching Teen STAR to JHS students for 5 years. We can also expect Mr Ernie Zalamae, Principal, Holy Cross School, and some of the students to be with us to share their experience with the Teen STAR Program.

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April 29, 2014 – Dr Rocco Leonard Martino, PhD

Quintus, a Roman Tribune and Legate of Emperor Tiberius, is ordered to investigate the recent events in Judea. The Emperor has received confusing, conflicting, and disturbing reports from this most Eastern outpost of the Roman Empire. A supposed criminal–a carpenter from Nazareth–has been executed by order of Pro Counsel Pontius Pilate. This carpenter Jesus had a large following that believes he is god and that after his crucifixion, his body was sealed in a tomb, he rose from the dead. The claim is that he has been seen by hundreds.

Quintus is given all the resources and support he could possibly need to conduct his investigation, including the authority to root out Christ-followers and execute all of them if they pose a threat to Pax Romano. Quintus is ordered to determine who is this Jesus, did he really die, was he buried, did he rise from the dead, was his body stolen, by whom, and where is it??????? To get answers to these serious and perplexing questions, Quintus will interview the Roman authorities, Jewish leaders, the apostles, and two Marys–the criminal’s mother and another who may have been his lover.

Dr Rocco Leonard Martino, PhD, is a rocket scientist, inventor and entrepreneur turned novelist.

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April 22, 2014 – Father John Acrea

Is Jesus the ultimate example of masculinity–a leader, father, warrior, lover, and miracle worker? Fr John will make that case for us on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”, Tuesday at NOON, ET. We need masculine men to establish a Cuture of Life in the home, parish community and country. Are you man enough to make difference?

Father John Acrea is a retired priest of the Diocese of Des Moines Iowa. During his “active duty” he was the Vocations Director for the Des Moines Diocese and a Spiritual Director for seminarians at St John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St Thomas in St Paul Minnesota.

He is in demand as a speaker at men’s conferences–like the recent “Man-UP” event in Des Moines.

The typical male probably does not think of Jesus as his image of manliness, or masculinity. Men are more likely to think of a great athlete, a combat veteran, a hero or someone who has overcome great diversity and challenges to be a success in business. And it is true that these men are exhibiting some of the characteristics of masculinity, but Fr John would say that each and every one of us can be (and many already are) men of exceptional masculinity.

Are priests and bishops and popes “masculine”? Is going to the seminary similar to joining the Marines?

Ladies, don’t go away. Fr John says women have these same characteristics, but manifest them in different ways.

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April 08, 2014 – Peter LaBarbera

Peter will be our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” Tuesday NOON ET. He is President of Americans For Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH), a non-partisan, non-profit group dedicated to exposing the homosexual-bisexual-transgender activist agendas. AFTAH is a counter to over a dozen national American “gay” groups with annual budgets ranging from just under $1 million to over $30 million working to advance an agenda which threatens to criminalize Christian opposition to behavior that most Americans believe is wrong.
LaBarbera has debated the top homosexual advocates while appearing on hundreds of TV and radio news programs, including FOX’s Hannity and Colmes, CNN’s “The Larry King Show” and CNN’s “Crossfire,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and Bill O’Reilly’s and Alan Colmes’ nationally syndicated radio programs. He has been quoted on homosexuality-related issues in newspapers across the nation, including The New York Times,Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, as well as by Associated Press and Reuters.
Peter will address Health Issues associated with homosexual behaviors and the question of whether same-sex-attraction (SSA) is a condition/disorder that people are born with or acquired. He will also examine the motives behind efforts to normalize SSA in our schools and culture. Are these often extreme tactics creating a back lash that will eventually bring these efforts down?

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April 1, 2014 – Katherine Ginkel

Katherine Ginkel has a unique job as educator of St Jude Hospice staff personnel on the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) for Catholic Health Care Workers. These Directives were developed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to set a standard of care that is to be expected by all Catholic health care institutions and their employees and associates. These ERDs are periodically updated to reflect the ever changing threats to the dignified treatment and care of those who are in need of care in clinics, hospitals and in all critical and end-of-life care situations. For example, the ERDs absolutely forbid abortion and euthanasia.

The hospice industry is not always respectful of the dignity of human persons and their right to a natural death. Hospice care can be on opportunity for euthanasia as we reported in one of last year’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” programs. The vocabulary now includes the phrase “stealth euthanasia” to describe the over dosing of pain medications to cause death.

St Jude Hospice was started by Tom Moreland as an authentically Catholic (loyal to Church teaching as reflected in the ERDs) alternative to secular hospice. In 2008, Tom started Saint Jude Healthcare, which eventually became the parent to Saint Jude Hospice and Spirit Homecare. Tom managed or owned hospices from Ohio to Mississippi, and Minnesota to California. There are now 13 St Jude Hospice locations in Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Tom has requests from several bishops to open new locations in their dioceses.

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March 25, 2014 – Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy will be our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” on Tuesday the 25th. Kevin was our Guest on January 7th speaking about Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin. That talk is archived at radiomaria.us. The Federal Court trial he spoke of back then is finished with a very favorable outcome that still awaits some final statements by Judge William Lawrence.

Kevin is a secular lawyer and canon lawyer with a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He will be speaking with us on Tuesday at Noon ET about the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus–the most awesome event in human history. The Annunciation event is not given much attention in the USA, but is a Holyday of Obligation in some countries.

Whenever we say the Hail Mary, and as part of the Angelus, we repeat the words of the Angel Gabriel’s Announcement to Mary that she would bear the Savior in her womb. Did she realize then that she would nurse Him as an infant/toddler, and then nurture and accompany Him through the 33 years of His earthly life? She was Jesus’ most faithful disciple, even with Him at his cruel death on a cross, and burial. She surely understood that her
Son would rise from the dead on the third day. I wonder if she was waiting at the tomb with new garments and some food. Scripture does not say.

Please join us in celebrating the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus, at your local parish and on Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a culture of Life in America”. If you are near Dayton, meet us at St Anthony Church or Emmanuel Church–see the accompanying flier.

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March 18, 2014 – Dan Lynch

Our study of Marian apparitions continues with this week’s Guest, Dan Lynch, founder of Dan Lynch Apostolates, promoting devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of America, Jesus King of All Nations, and Blessed John Paul II. Dan travels throughout the states presenting missions, promoting and conducting Image Visitations of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of America. He and Sue live in Vermont; they have nine children and 20 grandchildren.

Today, we want primarily to learn more about Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin. Dan’s book, Our Lady of America, Hope for the States is an excellent summary of information about Our Lady of America, the seer Sister Mary Ephrem (later Mildred Neuzil), Our Lady’s statue, medal, requests, and promises–including that more graces will be bestowed on the United States than all the graces from Lourdes and Fatima IF her wishes are granted!

Major ownership issues have slowed promotion of Our Lady of America. These legal issues have to do with copyright and trademarking of Our Lady of America devotional materials that resulted in an Indianapolis Federal Court trial from January 21st until the jury decision last week. The Final Judgment by Judge William T. Lawrence is expected any day. Kevin McCarthy is one of the plaintiffs (with Al Langsenkamp) in that case. Kevin was our Guest on January 7th (http://radiomaria.us/questforlife).

Please join us Tuesday the 18th at NOON ET to learn more about Our Lady of America–one of only two approved Marian apparitions in the United States: Our Lady of America in Ohio, and Our Lady of Good Help near Green Bay Wisconsin. You can listen on air or on line at radiomaria.us .

Blessings to you and your families as we are only one week away from the Solemnity of the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus on March 25th. Please plan special celebrations of this most awesome event in all human history–God becoming Man. Take the family to Mass and dinner. Take a day off from your usual activities to pray, do Eucharistic Adoration, participate in 40 Days for Life, and meditate on the significance of the divination of humanity and the humanizing of divinity.

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March 11, 2014 – Fr Andrew Apostoli, CFR Part 2

Please join us again this week with Fr Apostoli as we continue last week’s very interesting program about Our Lady of Fatima’s warnings and promises, specifically that Russia would be converted and there would be a period of peace in the world.
After Pope Blessed John Paul II completed the consecration in 1984, as Mary had requested in her appearance to Lucia in 1929, it did seem that great changes were taking place in Russia, including the complete abandonment of Communism, and a renewed receptivity to religion. And more recently, President Putin has been reducing access to abortion, eliminating promotion of homosexuality, and encouraging women to have children. Are Russian designs on the Ukraine a step backward? Did Mary change her mind?
This week we will focus on the Fatima story, the lives of the three children Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. What were they like? Was their life idyllic or difficult? What kind of sufferings did they experience and what was their attitude toward suffering? What of Mary’s messages is still applicable to us in 21st Century America?
The children were shown a vision of Hell which affected them deeply. Should we take heed or trust in the mercy of God?
Also, this week a miracle has been accepted as due to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, which will advance the cause for his canonization. Father Apostoli is vice-postulator for Archbishop Sheen so Father must be very pleased that his work is bearing fruit. I’ll ask him about that.

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March 4, 2014 – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.

We are very blessed to have Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., as our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” this Tuesday March 4th at NOON ET.

Fr Andrew is the author of Fatima For Today, The Urgent Marian Message of Hope. We will be mostly talking about this book. I must confess that I was really skeptical about what Our Lady of Fatima could say that might be relevant to today. But once I started reading Fatima for Today, I could not put it down. I certainly was familiar with much of the Fatima account of Mary appearing to three Portuguese young children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta in 1917, but Fr Apostoli puts it all together in one place and adds MANY details that I was not aware of. His introductory chapter contrasting Mary the New Eve with the original Eve is by itself worth the modest price of this book, which I downloaded from Ignatius Press and am reading on my computer.

Questions I have for Fr Andrew: Has the consecration of Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart been accomplished? Why has it taken so long? Is there evidence of Russia’s promised conversion? What about Crimea and the Ukraine? How did the children suffer? Why pray the Rosary?

Father Apostoli is a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and he has been teaching and preaching retreats and parish missions for several decades. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the apparitions at Fatima and he has authored numerous books, including Following Mary to Jesus and Walk Humbly With Your God. Fr. Apostoli is the vice-postulator for the cause for the canonization of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and a frequent host on EWTN television, where he hosted the TV special “Our Lady of Fatima and the First Saturday Devotion”.

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author of No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy says this: “Learn, live, and spread the message of Fatima! This is the express desire of Pope Benedict XVI. And Pope John Paul II once stated that the message of Fatima was more important now than in 1917!” That is why this wonderful book on Fatima is so important. Fr. Apostoli has recaptured this heavenly message of urgency and hope for a new generation. Our world needs the message of Fatima more than ever, and I pray that many people are brought back to Jesus, Mary, and the Church through these pages.

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February 25, 2014 – Homilies on Contraception

I often tell people that most American Catholics have never heard a homily explaining Church teaching on the intrinsic evil of unnatural birth control, and the benefits of Natural Family Planning. But, with the recent publication of a 2nd edition of A Preachable Message, those homilies are bound to increase. In fact, some of the more recently ordained priests are eager to spread these truths that have the power to transform marriages and families from misery to joy.

Sue Ek of BOMA-USA, publisher, and Dorothy Duganzik, editor, along with Fr Matthew Habiger and possibly other priests who contributed to the book will be our guests on this week’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”.

Fr Habiger is a Benedictine priest who with Fr Daniel McCaffrey represent NFP Outreach. They travel the world teaching priests and bishops how to speak about God’s plan for love, marriage and children–from the pulpit. According to a study by Mary Rice Hasson and Michele Hill, virtually all Catholic women receive their instruction in the Faith exclusively from the weekend homily. In other words, if they don’t hear a homily on birth control, NFP, and the blessings of children, they will never know what the Church really teaches. They (and their families) deserve better.

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February 18, 2014 – Fr. Sauppe

Fr Sauppe’s 2013 article about the demographic winter that forced closing of his parish school received lots of attention because it brought focus to a national problem affecting most communities and the Church–not enough children. See www.onemoresoul.com/pdfs.
If the AVERAGE woman in a country consistently births fewer than 2.1 children in her life time, the country’s population will eventually decline. This population shrinkage is already in process throughout Europe.

In “The Church in the Modern World as I lived It”, The Bellarmine Forum (Winter 2013), Father shares his experience as a seminarian and priest/pastor in the post Vatican Council II Catholic Church. His experience verifies that some of the good of VCII was sabotaged by efforts to hitch change agendas to VCII’s call to open the windows and let fresh air into the Church. Unfortunately, the infiltration included a “progressive wind” and the “smoke of Satan” that joined other events to weaken the Church in modern times.

Fr Sauppe is taking steps to blunt these evil forces and turn his small part of Church back to a renewed sense of God in the liturgy and the family. In this effort, he draws encouragement from the 1985 Extraordinary Synod on “The Twentieth Anniversary of the Conclusion of the Second Vatican Council”.

Since Father is also a Mariologist (working toward the STD at the International Marian Research Institute), I can ask him Mary is guiding the Church in the Modern World.

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February 4, 2014 – Dr. Paul Byrne

Dr. Paul Byrne is a pediatrician and neonatologist from Toledo who early in his career pioneered the development of ventilators and other medical devices tailored to children born pre-term.

He is also a world renowned expert on, and opponent of, “brain death” for determining actual death, and has spoken and testified in numerous venues including several courts of law and the Vatican. So, Dr Paul is the perfect mix of pediatrician and brain death expert to help us understand two recent situations, including his personal intervention for the parents of Jahi–the 13 year-old California girl who had cardiac arrest during a tonsillectomy and was declared brain dead by hospital staff. But her parents challenged their diagnosis, and with assistance from Dr Byrne, were able to have Jahi transferred to a medical facility that would insert a feeding tube to prevent starvation.

Another current case from Texas has a pregnant woman on life support to save her baby, as required by Texas law. But her husband sued the hospital insisting that life support be withdrawn, thus terminating both the mother and baby. A judge ruled in the husband’s favor. Mother and daughter are now deceased.

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January 21, 2014 – Trent Horn

Wednesday, 22 January 2014, marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs Wade and Doe vs Bolton decisions legalizing the killing of pre-born children in America. Trent Horn is an appropriate Guest for this week’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” program.

Trent holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and is currently an apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers. He specializes in training pro-lifers to intelligently and compassionately engage pro-choice advocates in genuine dialogue. He is the author of Answering Atheism and Making the Case for Life (DVD), both published by Catholic Answers.

Making the Case for Life is a very valuable teaching tool for transforming any abortion debate into a fruitful conversation–one that opens minds and hearts to the humanity of the pre-born child while maintaining a non-confrontational environment. Trent’s approach has been developed by refining ideas of seasoned pro-life leaders and applying them with hundreds of college students.

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January 14, 2014 – John Preiss

John Preiss is President of the Fatima Family Apostolate International, founded in 1986 by the late Father Robert J. Fox. The mission of the Fatima Family Apostolate International is to promote the message of Fatima and the sanctification of family life.

John is also the Editor of the quarterly magazine the Immaculate Heart Messenger. He has been interviewed on Catholic radio and recently on Vatican Radio about the consecration by Pope Francis. He has written several articles on the message of Fatima and on family life. He is also the author of the new children’s book, The Miracle of the Dancing Sun at Fatima. Since November of 2013 this book has sold close to 1000 copies.
John and his wife Teresa currently reside in Hanceville, AL with their six children: Mark, Lauren, Brenden, John David, Anna Sophia and Ella.

John will be our third Guest speaking about a particular Marian apparition, Our Lady of Fatima. The last two programs featured Fr Peter Stryker on Our Lady of Good Help and Kevin McCarthy on Our Lady of America.
I have asked John to tell us about Our Lady of Fatima-dates, location, seers, miracles, warnings, promises, etc. How are her apparitions in 1917 still relevant in the 21st Century, particularly to the Quest for a Culture of Life in America and the world?

What is the nature/validity of the controversy over the consecration of Russia and the World to Mary’s Immaculate Heart?
I am especially interested in Mary’s promise that Russia will be converted. It seems that is happening based on information I found at www.excerptsofinri.com and Life Site News.
We will be drawing some comparisons between Vladimir Putin’s Russia and Barack Obama’s USA.

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January 7, 2013 – Kevin McCarthy

We were expecting Kevin McCarthy to call in two weeks ago, but his phone was out-of-order, so he didn’t call, and I had to “wing-it”. Last week’s Guest Fr Peter Stryker educated us about Our Lady of Good Help and her shrine in Champion WI. This week we will try again to have Kevin teach us about Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin.

Kevin is a Civil and Canon Lawyer who has dedicated his life to improving access to Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin. “Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin”, is a title for Mary that is not as well know as “Our Lady of Guadalupe–Our Lady of the Americas”, the Empress of all the Americas, with a message of unity. Our Lady of America is specific to the United States of America, and her message is a call for purity. And who would deny this pressing need in our country plagued as it is by all manner of sexual sins that are even promoted by government health care mandates for free access to contraception, abortion and sterilization.

Kevin will be able to trace the story of Mary’s locutions and apparitions as “Our Lady of America” to Sister Mary Ephrem (Mildred Neuzil), of the Precious Blood Sisters of Dayton Ohio. Sister Mary Mildred also experienced apparitions and messages from Our Lord, St Joseph, St. Gabriel and St. Michael. Sister’s spiritual adviser for over 40 years was Father/Msgr/Bishop (Evansville IN)/Archbishop (Cincinnati) Paul Leibold of Dayton Ohio.

Sister Mary was asked by The Blessed Virgin Mary to draw a picture according to the vision of Our Lady of America and have a statue constructed accordingly and placed after a solemn procession into the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, DC, and honored there as Our Lady of America. Our Lady says that if this is done, the United States of America would turn back toward morality and the shrine would become a place of “wonders.” Sister Mary Ephrem, died on January 10th, 2000, near Fostoria Ohio.

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December 31, 2013 – Fr. Peter Stryker

Fr Peter Stryker is a native of Cincinnati. After a stint providing hospitality to Westin Hotel guests, he followed God’s call to priesthood with the Fathers of Mercy and now provides hospitality to pilgrims visiting Our Lady of Good Help Shrine near Green Bay Wisconsin. For over 150 years people have come to this site where the Blessed Mother appeared to Adele Brise , asking her to teach the catechism to children of French and Belgium descent. Adele succeeded in raising the funds to build a school, convent and chapel at the apparition site, which has become a place of physical and spiritual healing.

It was on October 9, 1859, that the Queen of Heaven appeared to Adele Brise in Champion (Robinsonville), Wisconsin.The apparitions to “Sister” Adele took place 20 months after Mary appeared in Lourdes France to St Bernadette.

When Adele asked the apparition, “In God’s name, who are you and what do you want of me?”, the lady in white replied,
“I am the Queen of Heaven, who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do the same. You received Holy Communion this morning, and that is well. But you must do more. Make a general confession, and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners. If they do not convert and do penance, my Son will be obliged to punish them.”

The Blessed Mother went on to say, “Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation.” Adele replied, “But how shall I teach them who know so little myself?” Mary replied, “Teach them their catechism, how to sign themselves with the sign of the Cross, and how to approach the sacraments; that is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing. I will help you.”

On December 8, 2010, the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, Diocese of Green Bay Bishop David Ricken gave official Church approval of the Marian apparitions that occurred in the month of October at Robinsonville, now known as Champion, Wisconsin. The Bishop stated, “I declare with moral certainty and in accord with the norms of the Church that the events, apparitions and locutions given to Adele Brise in October of 1859 do exhibit the substance of supernatural character, and I do hereby approve these apparitions as worthy of belief (although not obligatory) by the Christian faithful.”

This declaration makes the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion the first and only Marian shrine in the United States that is on the site of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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December 10, 2013 – Mary Eberstadt

The parallel declines of the family and the Christian Religion in the West (Europe and North America) has long fascinated academicians and sociologists. The debate has typically been over whether family decline caused religion decline, or religion’s decline caused family decline. In How the West Really Lost God, Mary Eberstadt makes the case for religion and family being so intertwined that neither can change without a consequent change in the other.

This influence of family on religion, Mary calls the “Family Factor”–the active effect that family participation has on religious belief and practice.

The American Catholic Church has certainly been in decline for several decades as manifested by closed schools and parishes, fewer vocations to priesthood and religious life, and a mere 25% of Catholics attending weekend Mass.
Family decline is equally evident in the 50% divorce rate, 40% out-of-wedlock birth rate, push for same-sex “marriage”, and the continuing abortion of one out of every four pregnancies. Can Mary convince us that these facts are intertwined?

What does the future hold for the institutions of family (marriage and children), and Church? Mary offers two possibilities–one pessimistic, another optimistic? What do you think? More Churches closing, even smaller families, or a rebirth, a new evangelization, and stable families?

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December 03, 2013 – Katie Short

That is the title of a recent symposium at Biola University in California, and it is our topic of the day on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. I had not heard of “stealth” euthanasia until Katie Short alerted me to this event. Katie is a wife, mother, and staff attorney with Life Legal Defense Foundation in California. She participated in this symposium; she will be our Guest today.

Stealth–not disclosing one’s true ideology, affiliations, or positions–euthanasia is the intentional killing of vulnerable humans by covert means while projecting an image of loving care. It can happen in home, hospital, or hospice. The killer/s may be family members, medical personnel, or other “care” providers. The hospice industry is a mixture of truly compassionate and ethical care providers and rogue organizations/individuals whose primary focus is on money. Why is “hospice” one of the fastest growing industries in America?

This is too huge a topic to be covered in 50 minutes, but today we can open the subject and provide some guidance to those who are entrusted with the care of a loved one.

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November 26, 2013 – Day Gardner

All pro-lifers (actually all Americans) should know that African-American (A-A) babies are targeted for abortion by Planned Parenthood, and the abortion industry as a whole. In other words, the legacy of Margaret Sanger and racism continues into the 21st Century. We should all know that a disproportionate share of abortions is done on A-A women. Is abortion so acceptable in the A-A culture? Are there A-A leaders trying to stop this genocide?
Yes! There are many truly great A-A pro-life leaders and we are blessed to have Day Gardner as our Guest Tuesday the 26th. She made history as Miss Delaware when she became the first black woman to be named as a semi-finalist of the internationally renowned Miss America Pageant, breaking through numerous racial and stereotypical roadblocks for others to follow.
Today, Gardner is the founder and President of The National Black Pro Life Union, Associate Director of National Pro Life Center on Capitol Hill and an executive member of the National
Clergy Council. She is a sought after speaker, author and an articulate spokesperson for the pro-life movement.

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November 19, 2013 – Tara Shaver

Albuquerque (ABQ) New Mexico is the late-term-abortion capital of the USA because there are virtually no restrictions on abortion in New Mexico. That may change today (Tuesday, 19 November) because the good people of ABQ signed enough petitions to get a”Pain Capable Abortion Ban” on the ballot for today’s election. If this passes, ABQ may be the only city in America with a municipal ordinance restricting abortion.

ABQ is thus the current location for pro-life forces to gather. Do you remember the Texas State legislature battles over pro-life legislation in Austin this past summer, and the Kermit Gosnell trial in Pennsylvania earlier this year?

Tara Shaver and friends are leading the effort to ban abortions of pain capable children–20 weeks post-fertilization–in Albuquerque. I encourage you to listen to this amazing development–opening a new front in the battle to protect pre-born children and their mothers–by way of a municipal ordinance. How did this young mother get involved? Who are her allies? What national attention is focused on ABQ today? And will this new approach be spreading to your city? Are you willing to be in the fight for life in your home town?

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November 12, 2013 – Darcy Hemstad, RN

Darcy Hemstad, RN, helps women and their husbands be healthy so they can be parents. To my way of thinking, infertility is not the disease but rather a symptom of some unhealthy condition/s in either the male, the female, or both. Again, to my way of thinking, there are three different ways that gynecological problems are treated: a) relief of symptoms by prescribing the birth control pill–typical gynecologist, b) diagnose and treat underlying problems with surgery and hormone therapy, primarily progesterone–NaProTechnology protocols established by Dr Tom Hilgers, and c) ART–Artificial Reproductive Technologies that ignore the underlying problems by resort to immoral human creation in the laboratory.

But Darcy has another way for treating gyn problems that indicate ill health and dysfunction including infertility. Her approach uses a combination of Billings Ovulation Method Charting and dietary changes to foster general good health, including natural fertility.

Every woman has experienced gyn problems or knows someone who has gyn problems, including infertility. I believe you will be amazed by her patient’s success testimonials, which you can see at thefertilitygirl.com

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November 5, 2013 – Fr. Thomas Loya

This week (as last week with Deacon Harold) we have a Radio Maria presenter as our Guest on the Quest. Fr Loya’s program–Beyond the Veil–is immediately before “The Quest . . .”. Every week when I call in I enjoy the tail end of “Beyond the Veil”. What I especially like about Fr Loya is his complete understanding of contraception’s disruption of families, society and the Church. I have asked Father to help us understand this phenomenon of the broader impact of contraception on our culture.

Because he is a Byzantine priest, we can learn something about the Orthodox branch of Christianity and efforts to reunite East and West so the Church may breath with both lungs–what a concept! What have recent popes done to reverse the Great Schism of 1054? What issues divide us? Why not unity?

Fr Loya promotes and teaches the Theology of the Body through the Tabor Life Institute. Thus he is one of many TotB teachers that have their own slant on blessed John Paul II’s work, and naturally there are some differences of interpretation and approach. If we have time we want to get Father’s perspective on these differences.

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